A vacant lot at 66-80 South Orange Avenue in Newark could be a new five-story, 108-unit apartment building. Image about the application.

A planned development in Newark’s Central Ward could bring more than 100 units to a location near the Springfield Avenue Marketplace if the project goes ahead.

The vacant lot at 66-80 South Orange Avenue, which extends between Prince Street and Broome Street, is still the subject of a proposal from KS 66-80 South Orange Avenue, LP. Inglese Architecture + Engineering’s site plans released by the City of Newark earlier this month show that the Ironbound-based developer is planning a five-story, 108-unit apartment building.

66 80 South Orange Avenue Newark renderingPresentation of the proposed building. Rendered courtesy of Inglese Architecture + Engineering.

According to the site plans, the project would also include two communal terraces and 75 parking spaces. The ground floor would contain eight townhouses, while the units on the second, third, fourth, and fifth floors would consist of 10 studios, 84 one-bedroom units, and six two-bedroom units.

In a February memorandum to the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) by Gerard Haizel of the Nishuane Group, it was partially stated that, although projects of this type are not permitted in this zone, “the proposed medium-sized development is suitable for this location” and that “the proposed townhouse units of the proposed development, located on the South Orange Front, match the existing Society Hill townhouses to the east and north.”

Jersey Digs first reported on this project in March. In a public announcement at the time, it was pointed out that this development would consist of 109 units if approved by the ZBA. In the developer’s application it was originally stated that 109 units were planned. However, handwritten updates indicate that this number has been adjusted to 108.

Haizel’s February memorandum states: “The applicant should clarify this discrepancy and correct the relevant documents.”

The matter was later listed on the agenda of the ZBA meeting on July 23 in the section entitled “Motions for adjournment”.

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